quicken

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quicken

(kwĭk′ən)
v.
1. To become more rapid.
2. To reach the stage of pregnancy when the fetus can be felt to move.
References in classic literature ?
The quiet, dreary monotone in which he habitually spoke quickened a little under his present excitement.
The music quickened, and the cats quickened their pace with it.
Jimmie made an impatient gesture and quickened his pace.
Unconsciously he quickened his pace until he almost ran, his long shadow making grotesque efforts to keep its place beside him.